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Brazil: Thousands rally in Brasilia against Temer on Independence Day01:31

Brazil: Thousands rally in Brasilia against Temer on Independence Day

Brazil, Brasilia
September 7, 2016 at 22:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Wednesday, to demonstrate against newly appointed Brazilian President Michel Temer. Similar protests took place in at least 40 cities across Brazil on the country's Independence Day.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been charged with manipulating public budgetary figures before the October 2014 election. She and her party's supporters maintain her innocence and accuse Brazil's right-wing majority Senate of voting to proceed with the impeachment trial to instigate a coup and sidestep democratic elections.

Temer was officially instated as president on August 31, 2016 after Rousseff was removed from office by the Senate as she faces her impeachment trial.

The alleged coup has since swept Brazil with mass protests, with Rousseff supporters and detractors of the newly instated government calling for Temer's resignation and snap elections following Rousseff's removal by the senate. Violent clashes have erupted in several major Brazilian cities including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with local reports of a severe police response.

Brazil: Thousands rally in Brasilia against Temer on Independence Day01:31
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Thousands of protesters gathered at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Wednesday, to demonstrate against newly appointed Brazilian President Michel Temer. Similar protests took place in at least 40 cities across Brazil on the country's Independence Day.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been charged with manipulating public budgetary figures before the October 2014 election. She and her party's supporters maintain her innocence and accuse Brazil's right-wing majority Senate of voting to proceed with the impeachment trial to instigate a coup and sidestep democratic elections.

Temer was officially instated as president on August 31, 2016 after Rousseff was removed from office by the Senate as she faces her impeachment trial.

The alleged coup has since swept Brazil with mass protests, with Rousseff supporters and detractors of the newly instated government calling for Temer's resignation and snap elections following Rousseff's removal by the senate. Violent clashes have erupted in several major Brazilian cities including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with local reports of a severe police response.

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